The homebuying process can seem complicated, but if you take things
step-by-step, you will soon be holding the keys to your own home!
Nine steps to buying a home
- Figure out
how much you can afford
- Know your
- Shop for a
about homebuying programs
- Shop for a
- Make an
- Get a
for homeowners insurance
Step 1: Figure out how much you can afford
What you can afford depends on your income, credit rating, current
monthly expenses, downpayment and the interest rate. The calculators below
can help, but it is best to visit a lender to find out for sure.
Need help with your downpayment and/or closing costs?
A housing counselor can help you figure out how to manage and pay off
your debt, and start saving for that downpayment!
Step 2: Know your rights
Step 3: Shop for a loan
Save money by doing your homework. Talk to several lenders, compare costs
and interest rates, negotiate to get a better deal. Consider getting
pre-approved for a loan.
Step 4: Learn about homebuying programs
FHA loan programs offer lower downpayments and are a good option for
Step 5: Shop for a home
If you choose a home in a neighborhood with a Home Owners Association (HOA),
be sure to request a copy of the HOA packet, so you can review before
Step 6: Make an offer
Discuss the process with your real estate agent. If the seller counters
your offer, you may need to negotiate until you both agree to the terms of
Step 7: Get a home inspection
Make your offer contingent on a home inspection. An inspection will tell
you about the condition of the home, and can help you avoid buying a home
that needs major repairs.
Step 8: Shop for homeowners insurance
Lenders require that you have homeowners insurance. Be sure to shop
Step 9: Sign papers
You're finally ready to go to "settlement" or "closing." Be sure to read
everything before you sign!